What You Should Do if You Suspect Medical Malpractice

If you believe you or a loved one has suffered or died because of medical malpractice, here are FOUR IMPORTANT things you should do immediately to secure your patient rights:

  1. Ask your doctor what happened - Doctors have an ethical duty to provide an explanation of treatment and care provided as well as the risks vs. benefits of any procedure in advance of care. You are entitled to a truthful response from your physician - a conversation which can later be used as an admission in deposition and/or trial.
  2. Secure medical records - Get a copy of your records from your doctor and/or hospital.
  3. Document your injuries - Photographs or video showing the visible consequences of the injury will help a jury to understand the severity of a medical mistake.
  4. Record the events - Even though you think you’ll never forget this experience, you may forget important details. Keep a daily journal of names and dates surrounding your injury and subsequent care, so later it’ll be easier to recall.

It’s critical you secure a lawyer qualified in medical negligence cases immediately - the burden is on the plaintiff to prove not only the legal duty owed by the facility or provider, but also a breach of that duty. Medical malpractice can be an extremely tricky area of the law - you want a lawyer with experience securing evidence from medical records and conditions in the medical facility. Our law firm understands the complicated laws that apply to all types of medical malpractice cases including:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Botched surgeries
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Hospital infections
  • Substandard care
  • Sexual abuse or assault

Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit can seem daunting, but it serves a dual purpose: not only can you collect the money you so desperately need to ensure your ongoing health and well-being, but you can send an important message to the medical community that negligence and unsafe conditions should not be tolerated. If you’re considering a medical malpractice lawsuit, you need the best resources and the most experienced attorney possible.

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